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PROSECUTOR CHALLENGES NEEDLE EXCHANGE IN LETTER TO COMMISSIONERS

(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Shipman is openly questioning multiple elements of the county’s needle exchange program.  In a letter to Commissioners, Shipman questions what data exists to show that the program has reduced harm.  Shipman cited a case in March in which James Massey died from an overdose.  Massey was not involved in the program but still died using a needle from the exchange.  In another recent case, Brittany Davis was caught with 20 syringes from the program but could not prove she was a participant in needle exchange.  Shipman will soon address Commissioners in person.

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